Columbia University in the City of New York Graduate Program Reviews

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94%
of students recommend
(3.84 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 578 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE, + 2 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB, + 11 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 28,086 (8,102 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 6 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 20% part-time, 80% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $44,176
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2015

Columbia Journalism School immerses me with intensive training in practical reporting skills. I can also learn many digital journalism skills and knowledge, which I think can prepare me to become a competitive reporter in new media age. But the program's tuition fee is too high. Also, the school is located in Manhattan, which leads to a high living expense.
2.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2015

The Masters of Science in Journalism program is stimulating, but it can also be difficult to learn about Journalism in a school setting.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2015

The M.A. program at The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism gives experienced journalists an opportunity to step away from the production line and immerse themselves in the world of academia. Get deep into a subject matter and get specialised knowledge. The course is very intense - it has to be to do an M.A. in 9 months. So be ready to hit the ground running if you get accepted.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2015

The program is very highly regarded and you are taught a large number of skills by experts in the field. There is a great deal of flexibility in terms of what you choose to report on and the tutors are extremely open to discussion. You also get to work and socialise with a great range of people from across the world. One con is that the workload is pretty intense. However, this in itself isn't too much of an issue. It prepares you for the intense work environment that you would experience in a real media company and forces you to become extremely efficient with your time management.
2.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2015

With some exceptions, the classes and the students at the Columbia J-School are great. The primary downsides of the program are not having time to see New York and living in a really expensive city.
3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2015

It's the best journalism program in the world, and I'm very happy with the the faculty and quality of education I'm receiving. But it's also really expensive and not enough financial aid gets offered to students. Hence there is a real lack of economic diversity, especially for international students.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2015

Great networking and highly demanding courses make the MA program challenging, inspiring and thrilling. Moreover, both faculty and students, boast remarkable experience and professional backgrounds. Downside is the impossibly high costs of living in NY, exacerbated by the stinty payoffs that can be readily expected from our selected profession.
3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2015

PROS: Amazing professors, great contacts for potential jobs post-grad, NYC on your doorstep CONS: Cost! Way too expensive (both the school and the city) and didn't receive enough financial aid.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2015

I am extremely proud of being part of this program. At this point of the semester I can't think of any cons because this master it is everything I expected. Yes there is a lot of readings and sometimes you would like a little balance to also learn from the city, but being part of this program makes you want to make the best out of it. One of the pros is the intellectual climate in which the classes take place because of the discussions lead by professors and the students since the majority have professional experience. Also, my program, the concentration in Arts and Culture, is a dream for any cultural journalism that seeks to expand knowledge and his or hers subject matters.
3.08 out of 5.0
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Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2015

The pros of the graduate program is the chance to get work on developing strong journalistic skills, and the opportunity to work on a major project. There's the chance to really focus on the writing and meet and develop contacts with other journalists from around the world.
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